|By Carmelo Turdo|
Conference attendees and organizers gathered for a reception at the James S. McDonnell Prologue Room about an hour prior to the forum. Along with the formal exhibits, additional displays were brought by the Greater St. Louis Air & Space Museum, The Space Museum at Bonne Terre, MO and Mac's Old Team (retired McDonnell Aircraft employees, some of which were on the forum panel).
Following the reception, the panel discussion was held in the auditorium located just off the lobby entrance. The forum involving the members of the McDonnell Aircraft Mercury and Gemini spacecraft design and production team was introduced and moderated by Mr. Earl Mullins of The Space Museum in Bonne Terre, MO. The eight participants were asked several open-ended questions about their first-hand experiences during the dawn of the U.S. manned space flight and their views on the current and future programs. Video coverage of the forum will air on future posts of The Aero Experience.
Earl Mullins from The Space Museum moderates
Paul Baldwin from St. Louis Space Frontier greets attendees
Lowell Grissom, Bob Schepp and other panelists approach the stage
Panelists are introduced by Earl Mullins
Panelists are recognized by conference organizers with a special award
Award is presented to Mac's Old Team leader Norm Beckel
The award's illumination is admired by panel recipients
Mac's Old Team panel participants: Jerry Roberts, Norm Beckel,
Lowell Grissom, Bob Schepp, Earl Robb, Dean Purdy,
Ray Tucker and Nelson Weber
Earl Mullins, Paul Baldwin, Ray Tucker, Nelson Weber, Earl Robb,
Lowell Grissom, Dean Purdy, Bob Schepp, Jerry Roberts, Norm Beckel
and Bill Alban
The Aero Experience thanks all involved with bringing the Gateway to Space Conference to St. Louis. Check back for additional video coverage of the panel discussion soon.